John J. Manier, Senior Counsel

For more than 25 years, John’s practice has focused primarily on labor and employment law, and related litigation, on behalf of management, in trial and appellate courts. He has participated in multiple full trials and dozens of mediations, prepared numerous motions for summary judgment and other pre-and-post-trial motions, and briefed cases before the National Labor Relations Board. John also has handled over 50 appellate matters, including direct appeals, writ petitions, amicus briefs, and petitions to the United States and California Supreme Courts. He has drafted briefs and given oral argument in several cases resulting in published appellate opinions. In addition, John provides employment law advice and counseling, and has drafted employment contracts, personnel policies, arbitration agreements, and settlement agreements. He has written and co-written numerous articles that have been published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal and other publications.

John served as a law clerk to the late United States District Court Senior Judge Irving Hill, and then became an associate with the labor and employment law department at O’Melveny & Myers. More recently, John spent five years as a principal with the litigation boutique Nassiri & Jung LLP.

Court Admissions

Supreme Court of the United States

United States Courts of Appeals:

  • D.C. Circuit
  • Third Circuit
  • Ninth Circuit
  • Tenth Circuit

United States District Courts:

  • Central District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California

B.A., University of Notre Dame (1986)

J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (1989)

  • UCLA Law Review, 1987-1989; Editor, 1988-1989
  • Publication: Comment, The Attorney-Client Privilege and its Availability to Insured Persons, 36 UCLA L. Rev. 977 (1989)
  • Teaching Assistant, Criminal Procedure (1988)
  • Teaching Assistant, Legal Research & Writing (1987-1988)
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Constitutional Law I (1989)
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Property (1986)
  • Venetian Casino Resort LLC v. NLRB, 793 F.3d 85 (D.C. Cir. 2015) (employer’s request that police issue criminal citations to demonstrators and block them from employer-owned sidewalk because of alleged trespass was protected under First Amendment right “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”)
  • Venetian Casino Resort LLC v. EEOC, 530 F.3d 925 (D.C. Cir. 2008) (EEOC must give advance notice to employer and follow other requirements of Freedom of Information Act before disclosing employer-submitted confidential information to third parties)
  • Venetian Casino Resort LLC v. EEOC, 409 F.3d 359 (D.C. Cir. 2005): (court held that lawsuit, which challenged EEOC’s regulations on handling employer-submitted confidential information, was “ripe” for judicial review)
  • Reeves v. Hanlon (2004) 33 Cal. 4th 1140 (affirms a judgment in our client’s favor on claims for intentional interference with contractual relations, misappropriation of trade secrets and sets standards for claims of tortious interference with at-will employment contracts)
  • Turner v. Anheuser-Busch (1994) 7 Cal. 4th 1238 (establishes the law in California on what is a constructive discharge)
  • GAB Business Services v. Lindsey & Newsom Claim Services (2000) 83 Cal. App. 4th 409 (court reversed jury verdict against our client, a company that provides independent insurance adjusting services, on claims against a former corporate officer and a competitor company for breach of fiduciary duty and unfair competition)
  • Saret-Cook v. Gilbert, Kelly, Crowley & Jennett (1999) 74 Cal. App. 4th 1211 (upholds defense sexual harassment verdict, judgment on cross-complaint and $1 million attorneys’ fees award to employer improperly sued for sex harassment)
  • Bardin v. Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company (1999) 70 Cal. App. 4th 494 (upholds right of employer to give accurate references)
  • Kirmse v. Hotel Nikko of San Francisco (1996) 51 Cal. App. 4th 311 (summary judgment upheld; at-will employment)
  • Eng v. County of Los Angeles, 737 F. Supp. 2d 1078 (C.D. Cal. 2010) (granting summary judgment for employer on First Amendment retaliation claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983)